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Gendered WordsSentiments and Expression in Changing Rural China$
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Fei-wen Liu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210403

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210403.001.0001

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Hu Meiyue: Crossroads of Tradition and Modernity

Hu Meiyue: Crossroads of Tradition and Modernity

(p.169) Chapter 6 Hu Meiyue: Crossroads of Tradition and Modernity
Gendered Words

Fei-wen Liu

Oxford University Press

Meiyue (b. 1963) reflects on what it means to be an official-appointed ”nüshu transmitter” (nüshu chuanren) of the new generation. She grew up observing her grandmother Gao Yinxian, the first nüshu informant, practice nüshu with her sworn sisters in the 1960s and 1970s, and she watched as nüshu scholars conduct research in the 1980s. Meiyue has dedicated herself to glorifying the nüshu heritage since 2000. Her efforts and struggles to become a respected nüshu transmitter—teaching, collecting songs, and writing—highlight the challenges and dilemma of practicing a disappearing cultural form in modern society.

Keywords:   hu meiyue, gao yinxian, nüshu transmitter, nüshu chuanren, sisterhood, scholars, nüshu research, teaching, writing, biography, endangered cultural heritage, official engagement

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